Sunday, November 6, 2011

Who is Baha'u'llah?

The King of Glory: “Of Him David had sung in his Psalms, acclaiming Him as the ‘Lord of Hosts’ and the ‘King of Glory.’”
The Promised One: “To Israel He was neither more nor less than the incarnation of the ‘Everlasting Father,’ the ‘Lord of Hosts’ come down ‘with ten thousands of saints’; to Christendom Christ returned ‘in the glory of the Father,’ to Shi’ih Islam the return of the Imam Husayn; to Sunni Islam the descent of the ‘Spirit of God’; to the Zoroastrians the promised Shah-Bahram; to the Hindus the reincarnation of Krishna; to the Buddhists the fifth Buddha.”
The Glory of God: “To Him the Author of the Apocalypse had alluded as the ‘Glory of God,’ as the ‘Alpha and Omega,’ ‘the Beginning and the End,’ ‘the First and the Last,’ … he, moreover, had extolled His Law as ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ as the ‘Tabernacle of God,’ as the ‘Holy City,’ as the ‘New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.’
The Spirit of Truth: “To Him Jesus Christ referred as the ‘Prince of this world,’ as the ‘Comforter’ Who will ‘reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement,’ as the ‘Spirit of Truth,’ Who ‘will guide you into all truth,’ Who ‘shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak,’ as the ‘Lord of the Vineyard’ and as the ‘Son of Man’ Who ‘shall come in the glory of His Father’ ‘in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory,’ with ‘all the holy angels’ about Him, and ‘all nations’ gathered before His throne. ... To His Day Jesus Christ Himself had referred as ‘The regeneration when the Son of Man shall sit in the throne of His glory.’”
The Great Announcement: “To Him Muhammad, the Apostle of God, had alluded in His Book as the ‘Great Announcement,’ and declared His Day to be the Day whereon ‘God’ will ‘come down’ ‘overshadowed with clouds,’ the Day whereon ‘thy Lord shall come and the angels rank on rank,’ and ‘The Spirit shall arise and the angels shall be ranged in order.'"
The Everlasting Father: “To Him Isaiah, the greatest of the Jewish prophets, had alluded as ‘The Glory of the Lord,’ the ‘Everlasting Father,’ the ‘Prince of Peace,’ the ‘Wonderful,’ the Counsellor’. . .”
The Immaculate Manifestation of Krishna: “To Him the Bhagavad-Gita of the Hindus had referred as the ‘Most Great Spirit,’ the ‘Tenth Avatar,’ the ‘Immaculate Manifestation of Krishna.’”
The Buddha of Universal Fellowship: “He alone is meant by the prophecy attributed to Gautama Buddha Himself, that ‘a Buddha named Maitreye, the Buddha of universal fellowship’ should, in the fullness of time, arise and reveal ‘His boundless glory.’”

Shoghi Effendi